Interstellar - Frankie Rose
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    85
    Frankie's doesn't bear the weight of an obviously solo effort and at once succeeds in creating music that rivals any full-band effort from any of her peers.
  2. Feb 21, 2012
    84
    On Interstellar, she transports us further and takes us higher than she ever could have as the drummer of an indie pop revivalist band.
  3. Apr 20, 2012
    80
    This time out, the melodic knack is as assured and the tumbling songs recognisably hers, but she's found her own path. [May 2012, p.87]
  4. Mar 22, 2012
    80
    It is no doubt a big risk leaving behind many aspects of the sound that made her name but on Interstellar, she advances her sound so expertly and compellingly that it is a risk that was well worth taking.
  5. Mar 21, 2012
    80
    Interstellar succeeds in expertly appropriating its forebears instead of regurgitating them.
  6. Mar 19, 2012
    80
    The inevitable result is a crisper, more polished sound.
  7. Mar 19, 2012
    80
    A record to get lost in.
  8. 80
    It's Rose's harmonies that make the album special: warm and breathy, they seem to sidle gently into position, rather than cut with razor precision.
  9. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    Interstellar is a pretty irresistible record.
  10. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    Think Veronica Falls meet Arthur Russell, and investigate further. [Apr 2012, p.83]
  11. Mar 13, 2012
    80
    It's a gorgeous example of an album bursting with huge, dreamy songs.
  12. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    While the unabashed pop moments on Interstellar are truly great and welcome, Rose easily proves she's capable of more daring things.
  13. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    A major step forward, this new album sounds nothing like the work of her peers.
  14. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    It's Rose's crowning achievement to date, a gorgeously impressionistic album that's a quantum artistic leap forward for this exceptionally talented songwriter.
  15. It's big, open, cavernous, so much so that it feels like it could swallow you entirely, and so you let it because it's comforting, warm, and safe.
  16. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    It's an honest record, stripped of artifice, and it will hit you hard if you give it a chance.
  17. Apr 24, 2012
    70
    It may have a foot in the past, but the hooks and energy are timeless, and Rose is an immediate and striking voice in pop music right now.
  18. Apr 2, 2012
    70
    Although not quite out of this world as its title suggests, Interstellar represents a haughty development in Frankie Rose's artistic capabilities.
  19. Mar 26, 2012
    70
    Interstellar easily contains enough beauty to confirm that Frankie Rose is more than just the buzz-scene she once helped create and should provide lift-off into all manner of new sonic territories.
  20. Mar 26, 2012
    70
    Her songwriting is not greatly altered: tunes most often travel at an energetic tempo, with melodies shining through the thickly applied reverb and helping the likes of Know Me to soar. The presentation, however, recalls the Cocteau Twins during the album's most abstract moments.
  21. Mar 20, 2012
    70
    Fans will love her subtlety and clean new sound, but someone just coming on board might not find this an essential listen. [No. 85, p.59]
  22. Mar 16, 2012
    70
    A refreshingly innovative take on the decade [the 80's], and though it occasionally lacks a little heart, 'Interstellar' at least pushes Rose's talents in an impressive and unexpected direction.
  23. 70
    Interstellar may not be the most enterprising album released this year, but there won't likely be another one that so cogently captures the celestial side of an era [the 80's] known for its excesses.
  24. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    A progressive dance-pop album that, maybe because of her background, feels a heck of a lot hipper than what her new genre counterparts can offer.
  25. Feb 29, 2012
    70
    It's not about to break any new ground, but her attractively elegant mixture of dream pop, post-punk and luxurious atmospherics are a hard combination to resist.
  26. Feb 28, 2012
    70
    Like the cosmos itself, Interstellar is a grower.
  27. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    Though not the punchy, great leap forward it could have been, Rose finally proves that she's far more than just a part of her former groups.
  28. 70
    Interstellar may not bring something wholly original or novel to the already crowded scene of like-minded, nostalgic, ethereal pop acts, but its 32 minutes are simply too sublimely crafted to ignore.
  29. Feb 21, 2012
    67
    While Interstellar presents Rose's music in a shiny, seductive new package, the contents remain similarly ephemeral.
  30. Mar 28, 2012
    60
    Tallied up, the hits and the misses are about equal. But it would be unfair to describe Interstellar as middling. What the misses lack is not quality but a strong sense of self in terms of songcraft.
  31. 60
    There's a certain lack of substance throughout the album which isn't fully covered up by Rose's elegant stoner shimmying.
  32. Mar 14, 2012
    60
    A tad more focus and she'll be there. [April 2012, p.102]
  33. Feb 27, 2012
    60
    Now solo, she's rocking the current micro-vogue for Eighties shoegaze pop: guitar-synth swirls, paper-thin New Wave bass surge, space-waif vocals like a spring breeze that barely billows your window curtains.
  34. Feb 21, 2012
    60
    Ditch the padding and Interstellar could be a flawless EP.
  35. Feb 23, 2012
    50
    The album sounds familiar far too quickly. [But] when Interstellar hits, however, it hits hard.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 26, 2012
    6
    Frank Rose and his pathetic "Interstellar" begins ten-track, self-titled album. It is a compilation of indie rock melodies with sublimed role of synthesizers and kind of muffled sound ("Know Me", "Gospel-Grace"), characteristic to shoegaze style. It is unfortunate that there's a lack of any distinctive numbers on the record. Full Review »